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While Manchester United will win the Round of 16, it cannot afford to underestimate Real Madrid.
Mesut Ozil, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo will be the players from Real Madrid to watch, since they could take advantage of any weakness in United.
The United team must remain strong in defense and unity. Robin van Persie, David Gea, Tom Cleverly and Wayne Rooney will all be important factors. Chicharito Hernandez may also make a positive contribution to this match.
At the same time, Ronaldo may not have the homecoming at Old Trafford he wants. Real Madrid barely survived the first phase of the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League.
Los Merengues defeated Ajax twice and Manchester City once. They lost one and tied one match against Borussia Dortmund. The second match between Manchester City and Real Madrid ended in a draw.
Also, Real Madrid is suffering from internal problems that may interfere in the Round of 16.
Real Madrid have not performed well in their La Liga matches. Jose Mourinho is receiving a lot of criticism for his decision to bench Iker Casillas.
Sergio Ramos was banned five matches after insulting a referee. Real Madrid’s match against Osasuna was scoreless, with Kaka receiving a red card.
Whether the internal problems of Real Madrid will affect the outcome remains to be seen. Maybe Real Madrid will make life difficult for United with an intense match but the end will be:
Manchester United 5-4 Real Madrid
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